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New York Islanders acquire rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak

Jaroslav Halak has been traded for the fourth time since Feb. 28, this time to the New York Islanders
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The NHL Tour continues for goaltender Jaroslav Halak who has been traded today to the New York Islanders from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a fourth-round pick in this summer’s NHL Draft.

Halak, 28, started the 2013-2014 season with the St. Louis Blues where he posted a 24-9-4 record in 40 games before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 28. Five days later and without ever suiting up for the Sabres, he was once again traded, this time to the Capitals where he logged a 5-4-3 record in his short stay.

Now, months away from becoming an unrestricted free agent, Halak finds himself a tentative member of the Islanders who have until July 1 to sign him to an extension before the Slovakia native has the opportunity to sign elsewhere.

In 272 career games, Halak is 144-85-29 with a .918 SV% and a 2.38 GAA.

As for the Capitals, their goaltending carousel as of right now consists of just 24-year-old Braden Holtby who is signed through 2014-2015. In 48 games with Washington last season, Holtby picked up four shutouts and 23 victories.

Washington will have it’s hands full this summer filling in roster gaps, as well as replacing former head coach Adam Oates who was fired at the end of the season and general manager George McPhee whose contract the team decided to not renew. .

Both moves come following a disappointing season where the Capitals did not make the playoffs.

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